Gold recovery services company Goldplat has completed the second stage of expansion of its new processing plant at the Kilimapesa gold mine in Kenya.
Following the expansion, the new plant enables the mine to process around 5,000t per month. The new plant will replace the existing Plant 1 at the mine.
The company expects the closure of the incumbent plant to reduce overall production costs, allow gold recovery to be optimised and increase the life expectancy of the mine.
Goldplat CEO Gerard Kisbey-Green said: “Our commitment and focus at Kilimapesa and indeed our operations as a whole, is to build production output and profitability.
“Having successfully executed a phased development plan to improve operational efficiencies at the mine by installing a new processing plant, we are delighted that Plant 2 is now established enough that we can continue running this plant as our sole processing facility.
“This will have a positive effect on profitability and help ensure we operate a more robust operation moving forward.”
The company noted that the fine material currently being processed through Plant 1 will be sent to Plant 2.
The material will be processed directly through the classifier and the cyclone, bypassing the milling process, thereby offering an increased throughput and an overall increase in the margin per ounce recovered.
Existing employees at the Plant 1 will be accommodated at the new plant.
Goldplat will carry out its planned Stage 3 expansion at Plant 2 on a modular basis.
The Stage 3 expansion will include the erection of an additional thickener and CIL tanks to further optimise recovery efficiencies, installation of a second mill and construction of a tailings dam layout.